Jan Cosgrove and Calvin Carver, Co-Directors of the Cherokee County Work Services, along with CCWS Board Members Duane Mummert and Roberta Klingborg, met with the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to request funding for their building addition and interior renovation project.
The CCWS informed the Board of their need to renovate bathrooms to meet the requirement for their clients' needs. They informed the Board that the CCWS wanted to build a new handicap accessable bathroom where the current office of the building is housed.
They also informed the Board that they would like to then add an addition on to the current building to house new offices and an adult day service center with a kitchen area for the workers.
Mummert stated, "Many of the CCWS clients are getting older and the current bathrooms are nothing but a glorified outhouse. This becomes a quality of life issue."
Some of the clients at the CCWS who are in wheelchairs and have other special needs would also have an assisted restroom and not have to depend on other people as much.
Mummert also stated that the CCWS is in a county-owned building and has never asked for any funding request in the past and has relied on the public and the tremendous job that the Cherokee Knights of Columbus have done whenever there has been a need in the past for new equipment. He said this project was much to large for that kind of help.
Klingborg also added that it was the CCWS Board's feeling that the CCWS has been a productive part of the Cherokee Community and that the addition and restroom facilities would continue to make the CCWS a stronger part of the community.
Mummert present the Board with an architectural layout of the project, along with a cost estimate from Cannon Noss Brygger & Associate of Spencer. Rough construction costs for the project range in the price of $206,000 to $263,000. Bids for the contract for the construction have yet to be obtained.
After a short debate on how the Board would award the funds, the Board granted the CCWS request and awarded $200,000 to get the project going. The funds will come from the County's General Fund.
Prior to the CCWS request, the Board met with Cherokee County Sheriff Dave Scott and Chief Deputy Jeff Friedrichsen to also request funding from the Board on the Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center's need to be compliant to the State Fire Marshall's report to bring the Fire Alarm System at the LEC up to code.
After meeting with Craig Neulieb and Paul Schreier from Control Systems, the Board accepted their bid to install a new Fire Alarm System for the price of $30,859.
In other business, the Board sent out a 2011 budget letter to all county departments and also a letter of support for an on-going Cherokee County Beef Producer Project that will ultimately produce high-quality prime beef for local consumers.
The Board then entered into closed session under Iowa Code section 21.5(1)(c) "To discuss strategy with counsel in matters that are presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent where its disclosure would be likely to prejudice or disadvantage the position of the governmental body in that litigation."